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Harnessing Our Own Healing Power

“Regrettably,” observes Dr. Bhavna Vaidya-Tank of Regenesis MD, “there is an all-too common attitude in our culture of ‘I’ll eat whatever I want, I’ll do whatever I want, I won’t exercise—and then I’ll just take a pill. I’ll take a pill if I can’t sleep. I’ll take a pill if my cholesterol is too high. I’ll take a pill if I’m depressed. . . . I’ll take a pill for everything.’

Dr. Vaidya-Tank checks to insure this
IV set up is ready for an incoming patient.

“But with that attitude, you’re really not looking at the main cause for your sleep problems or your weight problems or your depression. Furthermore, people forget that pills themselves have consequences.

“For example, let’s focus on antibiotics. There is a time and place for them, but I think they’re very freely used—probably overused— and while they may fix a problem of infection, they also have a negative effect on your gut health and your immune system,” she says.

“And that’s a significant problem, because gut health is integral to everything; when you don’t have a good diet, you just don’t have good immunity. So, overusing antibiotics is extremely destructive to your immune system and your overall health—and it takes a long time to recover that.

“In our practice,” says Dr. Vaidya-Tank, “we see many patients suffering from autoimmune problems. They are caused by many factors, including excessive antibiotic use, poor nutrition, a lot of stress, and so on. And these may be coupled with a viral infection or perhaps some genetic predisposition. The result is an impaired immune system and disease.

“Our goal is to strengthen the immune system, and the starting place for healing is to repair gut health. By doing this we help patients fight off these things by themselves.

“I’m guided by the idea in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda—in most of the older medicines of the world—is that you think of wellness as keeping mind and body healthy. Both have to be healthy and stress-free—and able to ward off infection and illness. Which brings us back to the importance of gut health and a strong immune system.”

Aligning the Body to Heal

“Weight issues are another example of problems caused by impaired gut health,” explains Dr. Vaidya-Tank, “and we see it all the time in our patients who struggle to lose weight. One example is a woman in her 50s that we’ll call Susan. She remained overweight despite doing what she described as ‘every diet on the planet.’

“Susan’s tests revealed her to be pre-diabetic, with hormone imbalances from menopause, but no other major red flags. Yet she always felt drained and her weight refused to budge. We began by using the GI Map test to determine a gut repair protocol, along with using targeted hormone replacement. With these first steps, Susan started to feel better, though she still didn’t lose weight.

“But as we worked systematically—fixing the immune response in the GI tract, addressing “bad” bacterial overgrowth and other pathogens, and finally, adding back “good” bacteria—things began to turn around and the weight began to come off.

“Susan was surprised,” recalls Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “She said, ‘I’m not doing anything differently, and I’ve lost five pounds in two weeks!’ But I explained that this was to be expected—that her gut was now working and her detox pathways had opened up, and the weight could come off.

“Another patient I’ll call Nora had an equally dramatic transformation, using the same type of gut restoration approach. In her case, she not only lost weight but was able to stop a number of prescription medications once she improved her gut health and addressed her underlying systemic inflammation.”

These two women illustrate the often-dramatic results of consistent work on the basics of gut health, says Dr. Vaidya-Tank. A third example highlights the challenges of the “just take a pill” approach.

“A new patient of mine—‘Kevin’—is on a cornucopia of medications,” says Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “He’s taking Gabapentin for neuropathy, Metformin for insulin resistance, Lipitor for high cholesterol, Saxenda to lose weight, Lisinopril for high blood pressure, Doxepin for restless legs, Ambien to sleep, and Synthroid for hypothyroidism. He has chronic diarrhea and bloating, and takes Omeprazole for heartburn.

“He is being treated for chronic fatigue, obesity, and sleep apnea. He can’t exercise because he’s in pain and short of breath and can’t eat healthily due to digestive issues. In short, he feels terrible.

“It’s hard to discern a single ‘cause,’ or even what illness came first. The overarching problem is that Kevin is chronically inflamed, with poor gut health—which leads to poor immune function and frequent illnesses. We’re using GI and other specialized integrative testing to understand the root cause of his issues, and then will work systematically to restore his gut health, rebuild his immune system, and, hopefully, get him on the road to better health and immunity—with fewer medications.”

Other Options to Restore Health

In addition to lifestyle changes, Regenesis MD offers a long list of therapies and treatments that heal and strengthen people’s immune systems, while avoiding an over-dependence on pills.

This third category of responses to health problems includes options such as IV therapies, ozone therapy, peptide therapies, and platelet rich plasma (PRP)—to name just a few.

“All of these therapies,” says Dr. Vaidya-Tank, “are part of the same process of repairing gut health and strengthening the immune system. And each therapy,” she emphasizes, “is designed to meet the specific needs of the individual patient.

“We prepare all of our IV therapies, for example, here and specifically tailor them to each patient. These might include vitamins, NAD, methylene blue, or glutathione. These are all are treatments that bypass the gut and help people to heal.

“One of the most common therapies we offer,” she adds, “is a glutathione IV—which can be particularly helpful for people with detoxification challenges. Glutathione is truly a super nutrient; it’s one of the best antioxidants and can help with fatty liver, weight loss, skin issues, energy, autoimmune conditions, and more.”

Peptide therapy is another option that has proven particularly effective in the healing process, notes Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “Peptides act like little proteins that help the body make hormones to heal itself,” she explains. “This helps to lower inflammation and makes people feel younger and healthier.”

Ozone therapy, she notes, is another useful tool. “It’s almost a forgotten treatment. It was used frequently in the ’60s and ’70’s; it can still boost healing today. We take blood from a patient, ozonate it so it becomes bright red, then we pass it through a UVB or UVC filter and put it back in your bloodstream,” she explains. “These repeated infusions help with regeneration from chronic inflammation or chronic infection.”

Dr. Vaidya-Tank sees this wide array of therapies and options, paired with good nutrition, stress management, and a healthy lifestyle, as the best defense against illness and the sometimes-vicious cycle of medication overload. “We forget that our body itself is capable of doing so much, and too often rely on medication instead of harnessing our own power, our body—which is so much more powerful than anything else.”